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Basil (?) (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of three lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


ΓΡΑΦ,
ΣΦΡΑ
ΓΙΖΩ

γραφ(ὰς) σφραγίζω

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

ΚΑΙ
ΛΟΓ
Σε
ι̣ο̣υ̣

καὶ λόγους Β(ασιλ)είου

Obverse

Inscription of three lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


ΓΡΑΦ,
ΣΦΡΑ
ΓΙΖΩ

γραφ(ὰς) σφραγίζω

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

ΚΑΙ
ΛΟΓ
Σε
ι̣ο̣υ̣

καὶ λόγους Β(ασιλ)είου

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3605
Diameter 14.0 mm

Translation

γραφάς σφραγίζω καὶ λόγους Βασιλείου.

I seal the letters and correspondence of Abetios. 

Commentary

The resolution of the owner's name as Basil is not certain but appears to be the most likely. We read the middle letter of the third line on the reverse as beta with an abbreviation, usually expanded to basilikos, but here supplying the first part of the owner's name.

This inscription should be added to the corpus of metrical seals compiled by Wassiliou-Seibt.